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Ronan O'Gara does it again with late winner against Castres

this has to be seen/heard to be believed: let's just call it the Cookie Munster (Irish ppl will especially know this, but anyone into rugby or even just into smiling will like this....)

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Steven Shingler red carded for spear tackle against Cardiff Blues

i dont think the player was being especially theatrical - just trying to get out of the tackle and TBF he got straight up and went into attack. Didn't have to, could have laid down to guarantee the sending off.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Ronan O'Gara sinks Saints with injury time drop goal

Owens did make some strange calls, but they went both ways. For sure.

e.g. the ball was _already_ travelling forward before it clipped ROG's hand...for a Northampton try.

And a genuine hand on the ball in the lineout was pinged as interfering with the player at a crucil time near the end. It went both ways, and caused a try twice (one _each_)

Incredible match thou - first time in years there have been tickets at the door (Irish recession for ya) at thomond... imagine a regular not going this time cos it was 1st round!

Dogie was incredible - MOTM IMO - completely underused by Munster. and ROG, whatever u think f him ,has to be up there with Carter as the best kicker in the world. At least as good as carter kicking wise (tactical and place). RWC and this game just confirm that.

Northhampton have great pack and back 3, but they need to fill in the bits inbetween....what a pack thou.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Sam Warburton red card in Rugby World Cup Semi Final

Rolland's decision was wrong, I have now decided, for the following reason. here's the quote:
'The lifted player is dropped to the ground from a height with no regard to the players safety.. a red card should be issued for that type of tackle.'

see the bit in the middle: "with no regard to the players safety". I contend that Warburton showed _some_ regard in relatively benignly dropping Clerc upper back neck and back of head at one and the same time. He could have dropped him 'more badly', in other words.

3 Years, 3 Months ago

All 600 Rugby World Cup players in just over two minutes

love them Canadian beards.....

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Leonardo Ghiraldini in trouble after making contact with Cian Healy's eyes

As could be seen from other incidents in the game, the Italians targeted Healy as he's been excellent this tournament. That adds to the evidence against accidental gouging.

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - Damp

On Ireland: Rodge is really pushing Sexton now.....he probably has best kicking average of the tournament so far! Prob is he seems to be an excellent impact sub, but gets run over when he starts. hmmm....
McFadden or Earls for the Centre?
Argies always seem to do well in the RWC - England Scot showdown will be a bit of craic

3 Years, 4 Months ago

Cian Healy's hit on Quade Cooper in Auckland

He's been reasonable for Leinster but at the slightly higher level he's struggled (in the scrum). And having Ross there beside him helps (for both).

Glad to see him peak at RWC time thou!

3 Years, 4 Months ago

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - RWC Week 2

funny and sad how that's knock-on moment is such a focus for the Aussies......

3 Years, 4 Months ago

Cian Healy's hit on Quade Cooper in Auckland

its taken Healy a while at this level, to be fair! (and yes I know he's young, but he's been playing for Leinster for a while now and was a bit of a scrum liability til, well, this match)

SH folk: has QC played at full back much?

Perfect hit btw.

3 Years, 4 Months ago

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